Rescuers are fighting for the remaining animals
Hundreds of whales died off the coast of Tasmania
9/22/2022 5:02 AM
About 230 pilot whales were stranded on the coast of the Australian island of Tasmania. But the chances of survival are low and most animals die. Authorities are now trying to save the lives of the surviving marine mammals.
About 200 whales have died on a beach on Tasmania’s west coast. Only 35 of the approximately 230 whales spotted on the Australian island the day before were still alive, local wildlife agency director Brendon Clark told reporters. The main goal now is to save and release these animals, he added.
A mass stranding of whales near Macquarie Harbor has alarmed conservationists. Aerial images showed dozens of shiny black marine mammals lying along the beach at the waterline. Unfortunately, the death rate is high, Clark said. The surf on an unprotected beach puts a lot of stress on animals.
Local residents covered the still-living pilots with blankets for their protection and doused them with seawater. Some of the animals on the long beach tried in vain to extricate themselves from their predicament. On Monday, 14 male sperm whales died on a remote beach on Tasmania’s King Island.
In 2020, 470 whales were stranded off the coast of Tasmania. More than 300 pilot whales died then – despite the efforts of dozens of volunteers to save the animals. The reason for these mass strandings is still unclear.